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Tidbits 22 — Natural Treatments for ITP

Always make a remedy solution bottle for dosing.  You do that by putting two remedy pellets into a small bottle of spring water and succussing 5 times before each dose.  “Succussion” is demonstrated in this video:


My only issue with this video is that the practitioner is not using disposable items with her remedies–other than her plastic water bottle.  She appears to be using real glasses instead of paper or plastic cups and a measuring spoon instead of a plastic spoon.  Other than that, she’s doing fine.

Case-management can be very tricky with homeopathy because the IVIG treatments give a false sense of the case improving.  Continuing to give the remedy at this point gives you no feedback.  Going the route of juicing, whole foods, vegetables, aloe juice, vitamin C, wheat grass juice and papaya leaf is something even the lay person can do and should do right away.

Email me if you want to try homeopathy for ITP: LEWRA@aol.com  but given the clear and present danger of pharmaceutical drugs, I would encourage everyone with ITP to learn as much about homeopathy as possible because truly, if you keep giving your child drugs for one thing and another, you’re only reinforcing this disease, how will they ever get out from under it?  Homeopath, April Bowen, had this to say about her own daughter’s treatment:

What I have seen with other ITP patients is, when given the best homeopathic remedy, platelets drop below 10k at first, and then begin climbing. My theory is that when one has few platelets, the body protects itself by making these platelets larger and stickier to prevent hemorrhage. So, in effect, these are ‘defective’ platelets. I think that when the body begins healing itself, it essentially ‘wipes the slate clean’ and starts over with healthy, normal platelets. How fast anyone responds will depend on many factors. Those who respond quickly like my daughter have usually had few or no treatments (we only allowed WinRho and IVIG). Any kind of steroids have suppressed the immune system and make it much, much harder to get it to start working again. Antibiotics, OTC meds and vaccines will also have an effect on healing. I find most people with ITP have leaky guts. and so repairing the gut is essential, which is why some people do see remission when using special diets and supplements to that end.

As April says, drugs do a lot of damage and can make this disease very difficult to move in the right direction.  Homeopathic remedies can take the place of drugs for all kinds of ailments, from the flu to bee stings, to cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises… the sky’s the limit here.  For all the reasons you give a drug, there’s a homeopathic remedy that will do the same thing–but safely!  You should have a 30C homeopathic Emergency Kit at home.  I bought my kit from  www.a2zhomeopathy.com 

remedy kit  

and an acute prescribing book

Alan's book


so you can learn that when your child gets a high fever, instead of giving Tylenol you give Belladonna or Aconite; or when your child gets the flu, instead of giving antibiotics, you give Gelsemium.  (These are only rough guidelines, this is why you need an acute prescribing book.)  Sure, you won’t be perfect in the beginning, and you’ll make mistakes; but, eventually, it will be second nature to you and you’ll have a problem-free household like I do (most of the time)!  Yes, that really is possible!

Now, this just in!  A friend of mine sent me the following which she found in an article titled “Low Platelet Count Natural Remedies”/12–but P.S., where the author says to add honey, make sure it’s RAW honey, which you can get at your health food store, as anything less is just sugar:

Here are the top 10 ways to increase a low platelet count naturally.

1. Papaya

Both the papaya fruit and its leaves can help increase a low platelet count within just a few days. In 2009, researchers at the Asian Institute of Science and Technology in Malaysia found that papaya leaf juice can increase the platelet count of people diagnosed with dengue fever.
  • Eat ripe papaya or drink a glass of papaya juice with a little lemon juice 2 or 3 times daily.
  • You can also pound a few papaya leaves without the stalk using a pestle and mortar to extract the juice. Drink 2 tablespoons of this bitter juice 2 times a day.

2. Wheatgrass

According to a 2011 study published in International Journal of Universal Pharmacy and Life Sciences, wheatgrass can be beneficial in increasing platelet count.
In fact, it can produce significant increases in hemoglobin, red blood cell, total white blood cell and differential white blood cell counts. This happens because wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll with a molecular structure almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule in human blood.
Simply drink ½ cup of wheatgrass juice mixed with a little lemon juice daily.

3. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is another helpful food to improve your low platelet count. It is rich in vitamin A that helps support proper platelet development. It also regulates the proteins produced in the cells, which is important to raise the platelet level.
  • In ½ glass of fresh pumpkin juice, add 1 teaspoon of honey and drink it 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Also, include pumpkin in your diet by adding pumpkin puree to soups, stews, smoothies and baked goods.

4. Spinach

Spinach is a good source of vitamin K which is often used to help treat low platelet disorder. Vitamin K is required for proper blood clotting. Thus, it reduces the risk of excessive bleeding.
  • Boil 4 or 5 leaves of fresh spinach in 2 cups of water for a few minutes. Allow it to cool, and mix in 1/2 glass of tomato juice. Drink it 3 times a day.
  • Also, enjoy this green vegetable in salads, green smoothies, side dishes or soups.

5. Vitamin C

To increase your platelet count, you need to increase your intake of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. A study published in 1990 in the Japanese Journal of Hematology stated that vitamin C improves platelet count.
Being a powerful antioxidant, high doses of vitamin C also prevent free-radical mediated damage of the platelets. Your body requires 400 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C per day, depending on your age and overall health.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C like lemons, oranges, tomatoes, cantaloupes, kiwi, spinach, bell peppers and broccoli.
  • You may also take vitamin C in supplement form daily, but only after consulting your doctor.

6. Indian Gooseberries

A popular Ayurvedic remedy to raise your platelet count is Indian gooseberries, also known as amla. The vitamin C in amla can help increase the production of platelets and boost your immune system.
  • Eat 3 to 4 gooseberries on an empty stomach every morning.
  • Alternatively, mix together 2 tablespoons each of amla juice and honey. Drink it 2 or 3 times daily.
  • You can also eat homemade jam or pickles made with fresh Indian gooseberries.

7. Sesame Oil

This cold-pressed oil is also beneficial in increasing your platelet count. Sesame oil has properties that can raise platelet level naturally. It reduces free radical damage, inflammation in the body and helps improve blood circulation.
  • Drink 1 to 2 tablespoons of high-quality sesame oil twice a day.
  • You can also rub some sesame oil externally on lymph node areas several times daily to help increase platelet counts.
  • In addition, use cold-pressed sesame oil for cooking.

8. Beetroot

Eating beetroot is another popular dietary method of increasing the platelet count. Being high in natural antioxidant and hemostatic properties, beetroot can raise your platelet count within a few days.
  • Drink 1 tablespoon of fresh beetroot juice 3 times daily.
  • Another option is to mix 3 tablespoons of beetroot juice in a glass of carrot juice and drink it 2 times daily.
Note: Avoid all types of exercises when your platelet count is less than 15,000 as it may increase the risk of bleeding.
Additional Tips
  • Limit alcohol intake as it can hamper production of platelets in the bone marrow.
  • Also, avoid tonic water as the quinine in it can contribute to decreased blood platelet counts.
  • Avoid eating raw vegetables when your platelet count is low as it may damage the intestinal lining. Instead, steam vegetables until soft and then eat them.
  • Eat 1 to 2 red guavas daily to improve the platelet count.
  • Foods that act as blood purifiers like aloe vera must also be included in your diet.
  • Avoid all dairy products, including milk, yogurt, cheese and butter, for a few days as these products can contribute to mucus formation and worsen some autoimmune diseases.
  • Avoid canned and processed foods that do not offer many nutrients.
  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night to help your body recharge and produce more platelets.
  • Eat whole-grain cereals, brown rice and whole-wheat products. Avoid white flour, white rice and processed foods.
  • Avoid activities that may cause injuries.
  • Ask your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications as some medicines may affect your platelet function.


About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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  • Dear Elaine,
    I like the most to read your articles here. As a pediatrician I must admit that you are very much right for the medicines, but, sometimes they are still necessary. By the way, diseases existed before the medicines. It is very important to do everything what you say not to be ill, but, if you have for ex. ITP with 5000 plateles, it is good to receive transfusion and IVIg before you get intracranial hemorrhage – for example. Thank you for your articles

  • Marija, I think the issue here is one of proportion. The fact that medicines may be needed “sometimes” leads us to ask what “sometimes” means. If Shana is any indication, “sometimes” is never, but in the average person’s experience, “sometimes” is “all the time”, and I think we’re seeing the results of that, with what should be a rare disease now being commonplace. I’ve tried to point out that blood diseases in general are too wide-spread. It’s time to take a new look at drugs, many of which are presumed to be harmless–like Tylenol and the MMR vaccine–and re-evaluate what constitutes health care. Thank you for commenting!

  • I completely agree with you, just saying that I would like the official medicine and homeopathy to find common interest in helping the patients. It would be fantastic if they can work together. Unfortunately, these days are the days when agreement between groups who think differently is almost impossible.

  • Yes, it would be fantastic if mainstream medicine would branch out to include us! Every hospital, by all rights, should have a department of homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupressure and acupuncture, chiropractic and raw juice therapy, wouldn’t that be amazing? They don’t do it because of the strangle-hold the pharmaceutical industry has on all of medicine, including medical schools, hospitals and doctors themselves. We’re talking about the rich and the powerful here. It’s all about money. It must be hard knowing your carefully constructed edifice could fold like a house of cards just on enough people finding out the truth–that your drugs cause disease, they don’t heal, they make your complaint worse… Under the circumstances, you can’t exactly open the door to therapies that actually work, knowing that what you offer would ultimately be shunned and discarded in the process.